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December 19, 2007 / Tony

Almond Bars

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These bars are really good.  They’re buttery and crisp and nutty.  But they also have a “wow” ingredient-cinnamon.  It seems to elevate the whole bar by giving it a “what is that taste” quality.  They’re also really easy to make as there is no rolling out or cutting or shaping or filling.  Try this one at home.

Almond Bars

Recipe courtesy Bridget Carns

1 1/4 cups flour

3/4 cup sugar, divided

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 cup cold unsalted butter

1 egg, separated

1/2 cup sliced, unblanched almonds

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a bowl, combine flour, 1/2 cup sugar, and cinnamon.  Cut butter into small chunks and then add to the flour.  Cut in the butter with fingertips until small crumbs form.  Add egg yolk and work until well-blended.  Shape dough into a ball and then press evenly into a well-greased 13X9X2 inch metal baking pan.  Brush with slightly beaten egg white and then sprinkle with remaining sugar and almonds, pressing them into the dough. 

Bake for 18-20 minutes or until lightly browned.  Cool a few minutes, then cut into bars. 

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